- 1 Full project title and funding programme
- 2 Subject
- 3 Schedule and project consortium
- 4 Description
- 5 Problems to be addressed
- 6 Objectives
- 7 Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs
- 8 Main results
- 9 Outputs developed by the project
- 10 Uncovered expected needs
- 11 Project strengths and weaknesses
- 12 Contact and homepage
- 13 References
Full project title and funding programme
Full title of project: C3-Alps: Capitalising Climate Change Knowledge for Adaptation in the Alpine Space
Funding programme: Alpine Space Programme
Adaptation to climate change
Schedule and project consortium
01.01.2012 – 31.12.2014
- Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt), Department Environmental Impact Assessment & Climate Change(Lead Partner ) (AT)
- Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection (STMUV Bayern), Department 76 - Climate Policy/Climate Research (DE)
- Forest Research Institute of Baden-Wuerttemberg (DE)
- Chamber of Trade und Crafts for Munich und Upper Bavaria, Department of Education Centres (DE)
- Lower Austrian Regional Government Office, Direction of the department for spatial planning, environment and transport (Land Niederösterreich) - Department of envrionmental and energy economics (RU3) (AT)
- Carinthian Regional Government (Land Kärnten), Competence Center for Environment, Water and Nature protection (AT)
- University of Salzburg (PLUS), Centre for Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) (AT)
- UNEP REGIONAL OFFICE FOR EUROPE (AT) - Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (AT)
- Region of Veneto – Project Unit for Forests and Parks (IT)
- Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Piedmont - Forecasting Department (IT)
- Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change, Climate Impacts and Policies Division (IT)
- European Academy Bolzano
- University of Savoie, Laboratory EDYTEM - UMR 5204 (F)
- Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (SI)
- Federal Office for Spatial Development (Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung ARE), Section Rural Areas and Landscape (CH)
- Federal Office for the Environment (Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU) Section Climate Reporting and Adaptation (CH)
- Principality of Liechtenstein, Office for Environment] (LIE)
Building on the results of previous projects and initiatives on adaptation to climate change in the Alps, C3-Alps seeks to synthesize, transfer, and implement in policy and practice the best available adaptation knowledge. By applying a knowledge transfer concept driven by the information and communication needs of target groups, the project optimizes the usability of available knowledge resources in an attempt to bridge the gap between the generation of adaptation knowledge and its application in real-world decision-making.
C3-Alps supports bottom-up adaptation measures in Alpine regions and municipalities, contributes to the implementation of national adaptation strategies, and disseminates Alpine adaptation capital within the Alpine community and beyond.
Problems to be addressed
- Adaptation to climate change from the perspective of various sectors, including water management, forestry, natural hazard management, spatial planning, transport infrastructure, tourism and lake management.
- Need for cross-cutting adaptation strategies that are harmonized across sectors, customized to the user needs of target groups and tailored to the specific adaptation challenges of different Alpine territories.
- Need for building a solid knowledge base, integrating adaptation into key policy areas, developing regional adaptation strategies, and ensuring coherency across different sectors and levels governance.
- Awareness and positive use of existing adaptation knowledge.
The project's main objectives are:
- Preparing a state-of-the-art synthesized knowledge base on climate change and adaptation in the Alps, tailored to the specific needs of decision-makers
- Providing customized adaptation tools and action portfolios, harmonized across sectors
- Effective transfer and communication of information to target groups
- Analysing the performance of existing adaptation policies and the science-policy chain in Alpine countries and providing options for enhancing policy effectiveness
- Informing, initiating, supporting, and implementing adaptation processes, strategies, action plans and measures in pilot regions and municipalities.
Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs
- Adaptation Policy & Governance
- Knowledge Transfer & Communication
- Adaptation Synthesis Knowledge Inventory
- Pilot Capitalisation Activities
- Synthesis Knowledge Base.
- Climate Adaptation Web Platform and master plan.
- Guidelines on communication strategies, manual on teaching and communication of adaptation issues.
- Performance assessment and enhancement of adaptation policies, governance systems and the science-policy chains.
- Adaptation of service packages for municipalities.
- Adaption of knowledge, strategies, and action plans.
- Decision support in pilot regions and municipalities.
- Permanent transnational platform (on-going after project end).
Outputs developed by the project
The C3-Alps project is a running project, therefore most outputs are not published yet. As soon as they are available, they will be integratet in the CESBA Wiki.
The following outputs are currently ready for downloading (download at www.c3alps.eu) :
Adaptation Policy and Governance:
- Climate Change Adaptation Policies, Governance and Science-Policy Interface in Alpine Countries - Transnational Synthesis report
- Climate Change Adaptation Policies, Governance and Science-Policy Interface in Alpine Countries - CLISP Transnational Strategy for Climate Proof Spatial Planning
- Survey on climate change adaption C3-Alps
- Compilation of climate change Adaptation policy documents
- Online Questionnaire
- Interview guide for regions without a climate adaptation policy document
- Interview guide for regions with a climate adaptation policy document
- Manual for the analysis of climate adpatation policy documents
Communication and Knowledge Transfer
- Overcoming Communication Challenges
- Key Messages for Climate Change Adaptation in Still and Moving Images
- Survey on Climate Change Adaptation
Information and Dissemination
- Project flyers in Alpine languages
- Presentations from events and conferences
- Meeting reports
- News, media and press items
- Online recources
Uncovered expected needs
There is an adversity to find a right strategy of dissemination for target groups
Project strengths and weaknesses
Overall project strengths:
- Cross-sectorial outputs
- Clear target group-oriented usability of the final products
Special strenghts of the CLISP TPS are:
- Majority of partners have benefited from various possibilities of exchange
- High value of cross border/transnational exchange (peer to peer)
- Stimulus for self reflection
- Science: practice exchange important for matching generated knowledge and its usability in the “real world”
- Human based Knowledge Transfer (process character)
- Very comprehensive (large collection of options and recommendations for actions)
- Highly valued as bottom up developed product with practice orientation and scientific basis
Overall project weaknesses:
- Coordination of large number of partner institutions.
- Too ambitious objectives.
Special weaknesses of the CLISP TPS were:
- Lack of obligation and responsibility after completion of the project
- There is no transnational institution responsible for spatial planning
- Too many compromises
- Lack of precise/visualised definitions of measures
- Language (only English as a hindering factor)
- Unsatisfactory project management (Delays, decision pocesses towards the end lacking participation)
- Effectiveness low as no dedicated follow-up process
Contact and homepage
Umweltbundesamt GmbH, Abteilung Umweltfolgenabschätzung & Klimawandel /
Environment Agency Austria, Environmental Impact Assessment & Climate Change
Tel.: +43 (0)1 31304-5962
- ↑ a b Presentation on C3-Alps project evaluation during LP Seminar Munich, March 2014: http://www.alpine-space.eu/fileadmin/media/LP_Seminars/8th_LP_Seminar_03.2014/C3-Alps_ASP-LP-Meeting_Munich_PPT-UBA_02_100314.pdf